West Hollywood resident Annie Vicente Jump (also known as Annie Jump Vicente), a trans woman who was arrested on December 7, 2022, and charged with a misdemeanor for blocking Sheriff deputies from entering her building responding to a domestic violence call, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), ten individual West Hollywood Station LASD deputies (referred to as Doe LASD Deputies in the lawsuit), as well as the County of Los Angeles.
Jump was arrested and charged for violation Penal Code § 148(a)(1) PC which makes it a crime to willfully resist, delay or obstruct peace officers or EMTs who are performing their official duties—however, a Los Angeles County District Attorney Charge Evaluation Sheet dated December 21, 2022, concluded that “the defendant’s total conduct cannot be characterized other than a refusal to consent to a request to enter her apartment. Such conduct cannot constitute grounds for a lawful arrest or subsequent search and seizure… Refusal to stand aside and permit a requested entry, even when officers… had a right to force an entry… cannot constitute a violation of section 148.”
Civil case number 2:23-cv8584 was filed on October 11, 2023, by the Law Offices of Christian Contreras. The list of complaints for damages are as follows:
- False Arrest / Imprisonment;
- Assault & Battery;
- Bane Act Violation (Civil Code § 52.1);
- Ralph Act Violation (Civil Code § 51.7);
- First Amendment Violation – Retaliation for Protected Speech (42 USC (42 USC § 1983);
- Fourth Amendment Violation – Excessive Force (42 USC § 1983);
- Municipal Liability (Unconstitutional Policy, Custom, or Practice);
- Municipal Liability – Failure to Train.
According to the court filing obtained by WEHO TIMES, Annie Vicente Jump alleges she was attacked and arrested by unidentified Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies in West Hollywood on December 7, 2022, while law officers were responding to a domestic violence call. The Complaint states that upon returning home with groceries in hand, Jump found LASD deputies waiting and demanding entry into the building to investigate a domestic violence incident. Jump asserted that the neighbor were out of town and requesting a search warrant. Jump was then forcibly pulled out of her doorway, causing injuries. Two days earlier, Jump had criticized LASD’s negligence at a West Hollywood city council meeting.
The lawsuit states that despite not resisting arrest, Jump was tightly handcuffed, hogtied, and placed face-down in the street, leading to injuries and subsequent hospitalization. Jump, a trans-individual, was consistently misgendered by the deputies, reflecting possible homophobic/transphobic animus.
Jump says the incident has caused severe mental and emotional distress, including feelings of shame, disillusionment with the justice system, fear of law enforcement, and PTSD.
Jump, seeking punitive and compensatory damages, alleges that the LASD deputies acted with willful disregard for her rights, safety, and wellbeing, constituting cruel and unjust hardship under California Civil Code § 3294. The lawsuit aims to deter future misconduct through the example of punitive damages.
Jump’s arrest was captured by a friend and shared on social media. The footage was picked up by local media.
The lawsuit requests entry of judgment in Jump’s favor, and against defendants, as follows:
- For compensatory damages including but not limited to physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering; past, present, and future related medical expenses; and past, present, and future losses in income and/or earning capacity, in amounts to be determined according to proof at trial;
- For punitive damages against the individual defendants in an amount to be determined according to proof at trial
- For a multiplier of damages, including treble damages, pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code §§ 52.1 and 51.7;
- For reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs pursuant to 42 USC 1988, Cal. Civ. Code § 52.1 and 51.7, in an amount to be determined according to proof at trial;
- For additional civil penalties of $25,000 each, as separately authorized under both Cal. Civ. Code §§ 52.1 and 51.7;
- For interest;
- For all other damages allowed under state law; and
- For such further relief as the Court may deem proper and just.
Annie Vicente Jump is a former employee of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office. She worked as a Venice constituent advocate in the city’s 11th district, and has also been a site coordinator for LA Family Housing. She has gone on record at West Hollywood council meetings as Annie Jump Vicente, at regular city council meetings in late 2022 and throughout the early part of 2023. Video footage via WeHoTV, the official West Hollywood media channel, show Jump being confrontational, disruptive and using aggressive and foul language directed at community members, City Staff, West Hollywood council members and LASD deputies present at the council meetings under the guise of free speech.
At a Regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on December 19, 2022, following her arrest, Jump showed up to that meeting wearing a neck brace, which appears to be on backwards. Several of her friends and supporters showed up to speak out against West Hollywood Sheriff deputies demanding that the city end their contract with LASD and that the deputies who arrested be fired immediately.
The last council meeting Jump attended was on Monday, March 20, 2023. Mayor Pro-Tem John Erickson led the meeting. There was a confrontation between the Mayor Pro-Tem and Jump. Jump left the council chambers screaming profanities during council member Lauren Meister’s councilmember comments.
Warning- Language may be offensive to some viewers. Mayor Pro Tem @JohnEricksonWH did not allow Annie Vicente Jump to disrupt a city council meeting and that was the last @WeHoCity council meeting she disrupted on March 20, 2023. pic.twitter.com/Ps3rI3R8sN
— WEHO TIMES (@WEHO_TIMES) November 15, 2023
It is not yet clear when, or why, but social media accounts that appear to be associated with Jump have been deleted. The multiple Twitter accounts and YouTube channel are gone. Some tweets are available via internet archive Wayback Machine and Google search.
However, the OnlyFans account that appears to be associated with Jump is still up and active as of November 14, 2023.
Attempts to reach Annie Vicente Jump were unsuccessful.
This story is developing.